National Coalition of Independent Scholars (NCIS)

National Coalition of Independent Scholars is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization providing professional affiliation, support services, and camaraderie to scholars outside of tenured academia. Although based in the United States, our membership and activities extend internationally, and by January 2017 NCIS Full and Associate members comprised over 200 scholars in fifteen countries in Europe, Asia, Australia and the USA. Membership is open to scholars across all disciplines. NCIS assesses the qualifications of each membership candidate for intellectual contribution, scholarly rigor, and independent status prior to acceptance. NCIS is an affiliate of the American Historical Association and a member of the The Alliance of Nonprofits.

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  • NCIS Research Grants (funded by NCIS);
  • NCIS Conference Support Grants (funded by NCIS);
  • Elisabeth Eisenstein Essay Prize (jointly funded by NCIS and Margaret DeLacy)
More information on all NCIS grants and NCIS-administered grants can be found on the Grants page of this site, or contact



Our newest NCIS members, who hail from or live in Argentina, Colombia, Germany, India, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States, hold expertise in a broad range of scholarship. Their specialties include modeling and simulation of complex energy systems; race/ethnicity, gender and sexuality/LGBT; public parks, therapeutic landscapes and ethnography; library and information science; and the history of modern science.

The Grant Awards Committee are pleased to announce that, from an impressively strong field, the following three members have been awarded Conference Support Grants in the Spring grant cycle. Congratulations to:

Isabelle Flemming, representing NCIS on a panel exploring the challenges and opportunities for independent scholars at the Organization of American Historians conference in Sacramento, USA.

NCIS administers grants that fund individuals at the discretion of donors who wish to remain anonymous. Recipients must be members of NCIS at Full or Associate level, but can apply immediately after membership has been granted.

Our newest members highlight the wide range of scholarship NCIS members engage in, and include legal theory, electrical engineering, Theravada Buddhism, medical imaging and anthropology.


The independent scholar (TIS)

The Independent Scholar (TIS) is the NCIS online peer-reviewed and open access journal. All members of NCIS affiliated organizations are eligible to submit manuscripts to TIS for peer review. Check Submission and Review Guidlines.


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